The Finish Line

As fashion designers experiment with different textures on the runway, nail polish manufacturers keep up with an array of stylish nail polish finish offerings — from the traditional cream to the edgy suede. One nail tech shares her expertise to help you sort through all of the jargon and match the appropriate client to the appropriate finish.

Finish: Suede

Description: Suede colors have a textured look, may appear nubby to the eye, and generally have minimal shine. To picture this finish, think of a soft jacket, a fabulous high heel, or felt paper. OPI has seven suede colors and suggests that your clients wear suede without a base or top coat.

Who's That Girl? The suede client is a nail polish lover because, similar to matte, this finish does not wear as long as traditional finishes. She is looking for something a little different and may want her nails to be a conversation starter.

Finish: Wax

Description: A waxy finish gives more of a muted color finish, like a hand dipped in paraffin. You can still see the skin color but it’s more translucent. Ginger + Liz Colour Collection offer two wax coat colors, and I am craving more.

Who's That Girl? Like a matte polish wearer, a wax coat wearer is a fashion risk-taker who isn’t afraid to make a statement.

Alicia Jai is a Washington D.C.-based freelance manicurist who services a salon-based and celebrity clientele.

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